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News round-up December 2017

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Amey’s EfW plans submmited; Penalty for no licence; Fly-tipper fined; Rough sleepers helped

Amey’s EfW plans submmited

Amey has submitted a planning application for a £200m energy from waste facility at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

The application has been submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council following a community consultation, which included events and meetings for local residents.

The proposed facility would have a maximum capacity of 250,000 tonnes pa. The buildings would range in height from 12 to 42 metres, with a stack of 80 metres.

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Penalty for no licence

Darren Pike, 43, of Betts Avenue, Hucknall has been fined £880 with £1,989 costs and a £88 victim surcharge for carrying waste without the required upper tier waste carriers’ licence.

Nottingham Magistrates heard how, during a multi-agency operation in May 2017, a Ford Transit Tipper truck driven by Pike was fully laden with waste, including plastic, furniture, toys, a fridge and a soiled mattress.

Pike failed to attend court and the case was proven in his absence.

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Fly-tipper fined

Jonathan Patrick Finn of Sunderland Road, Newbottle, was fined £200 with £1,350 costs for illegally storing and treating mixed waste when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how Finn leased a dead end area of land adjacent to the railway line on the north side of Sheepfolds Road, Sunderland, in January 2016.

The land had previously been fly tipped and Finn was offered six months’ rent free and £3,000 in return for lawfully disposing of the waste. Instead, he added to it.

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Rough sleepers helped

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2000 ukcm victoria whitaker

UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) and Winter Warmers for The Homeless have has joined forces once again to provide donations for people sleeping rough in the Winsford area of Cheshire this winter.

The local community and the UKCM team, pictured, donated dog food to the cause, which will be delivered to poverty stricken families and rough sleepers, who are living on the streets with their dogs this Christmas.

Chief executive Emma Elston said, “Earlier in the year, I took part in a ‘CEO Sleepout’, a fundraising campaign where I had the opportunity to meet and get to know a number of homeless people. In this time I came to understand how important their pets were to them, with many rough sleepers regularly sharing food with their animals.”

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PAS 100 review

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has opened a public consultation on the revision of BSI PAS 100: 2011, the quality standard for compost produced by industrial composting facilities.

A draft version of BSI PAS 100:2018 is available on the BSI website and the consultation period will last for six weeks with a deadline of 12 January 2018. 

Jenny Grant, technical author for the revision of PAS 100, said: “So far the PAS 100 revision process has gathered comments from a wide range of stakeholders and where possible these have been incorporated into the draft document now out for consultation. I’m looking forward to getting feedback on the proposed revision and working to take this forward with the steering group.”

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AI first for Green Recycling

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Green Recycling has acquired Max-AI Autonomous Quality Control equipment to increase recovery of recyclables without additional manual labour at the company’s commercial and commingled dry recyclables MRF in Maldon, Essex.

Green Recycling is the first company in the UK to invest in such artificial intelligence technology, which has already been successfully installed in three US MRFs.

At the UK facility, the Max-AI AQC will be working to capture card, news and pams, HDPE natural, PET bottles and wood.

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B&M acquisition



B&M Waste Services has announced the acquisition of the trade waste collection business from Martland Skip Hire, based in Burscough, Lancashire.

The Martland operation was a natural fit with B&M Waste which has contacted customers during the transition period to ensure they maintain service levels.

Neil Curtis, managing director of B&M, said: “I’m proud to announce this continued expansion. We are excited to continue to enhance the recycling focus of these customers and look forward to the future as we continue with our growth plans.”

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New contracts for Andusia

Andusia Recovered Fuels has negotiated two five-year contracts with the German company EEW to supply plants at Stapelfeld and Schwedt.

EEW has 18 EfW plants and recovers approximately 4.7 million tonnes of waste each year.

For the first time for Andusia, one of the plants will be accepting loose waste rather than baled, increasing its supply chain offering.

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Emery stays at Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland has announced a number of new appointments and reappointments to its board.

Vic Emery is reappointed as chair and John Watt is reappointed as a non-executive director.

Morag MacDonald, Gerard O Sullivan, Janet Swadling, and Helen Wollaston are appointed as new non-executive directors.

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Bitcoin deal for paper

Kent-based Prismm Environmental has used the crypto-currency Bitcoin to buy paper from Parry & Evans in North Wales.

Prismm Environmental managing director Mike Jackson said: “Using Bitcoin worked for both us and Parry & Evans as there was no transaction fee to pay, and they received instant and secure payment. It also shows the intention of both companies to collaborate on technology in future.”

Parry & Evans project development manager Lee Evans said: “The advantage to us of knowing the payment was secure, and receiving it instantly meant that it made a lot of sense to us.”

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Fined for illegal site

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waste crime suddes 6

Stephen Anthony Suddes, 53, has been fined £1,640 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 and a £165 victim surcharge for operating an illegal waste site at Thornley Pit House farm in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Suddes, who has two previous convictions for waste offences, admitted the charges.

Under the same prosecution, Kevin Gray, 53, of Wear Street, Tow Law, admitted depositing controlled waste on a site without an environmental permit. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

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En route to AD

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Aero Thermal thermo pressure hydrolysis

AeroThermal’s thermo-pressure hydrolysis (TPH) vessel has been completed and has left its factory in Poole en route to a new bio-waste anaerobic digestion site in the Midlands.

The TPH operates in cycles of 2-2.5 hours each processing over 20 tonnes of bio-waste. The bio-waste, inclusive of packaging, is shredded to  less than 50mm prior to transfer to the vessel. There it is sterilised firstly by being put under vacuum, then under high temperature saturated steam for 30-45 minutes while the drum rotates depending on the process requirements.

The vessel left Poole in four sections to be reassembled, with commissioning in February and hot commissioning later in the year.

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Bucks bucked by survey

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2000 bucks hwrc

The annual user survey of Buckinghamshire County Council’s household recycling centres has shown a high level of satisfaction by more than 2,500 residents who responded either at one of the ten sites or online.

The survey found at least a 90% positive response to all nine satisfaction measures, including 99% satisfaction with site staff and 99% satisfaction with the range of items that can be recycled on site.

Another finding was that seven out of ten people surveyed did not have to queue when they visited their site. They are all operated by FCC Environment.

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EA reviews sanctions policy

The Environment Agency (EA) is consulting on proposals to combine and amend its enforcement and sanctions regime.

The previous version was released in March 2015 and the EA wants to update the guidance to reflect changes in policy and learning from experience

The consultation, which sets out where it is proposing amendments and what should remain unchanged, closes on the 15 January.

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Mattress recycling boost

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2000 panther group

Mattress Online has claimed an 18% boost in sales during Recycling Week in September by offering customers the chance to have their old mattress removed free of charge for recycling.

Next-day delivery specialist Panther Warehousing collected old mattresses at no charge for those who spent more than £300 on a new one.

Panther delivers mattresses to the Furniture Recycling Group which separates out steel springs, cotton and wool stuffings comprising 98% of the mattress.

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Fine for permit failures

A scrap car dismantling and salvage firm has been ordered to pay nearly £25,000 for breaking environmental laws at a site in Tyne & Wear.

Motorhog Ltd, which used the now-closed site on Wallsend Road, North Shields, to depollute and bale end of life vehicles, repeatedly broke the terms of its environmental permit.

The Doncaster-based company, which operates sites in Leeds, Doncaster and Hull, was fined £20,000 by North Tyneside Magistrates after pleading guilty to two of three charges. It was also ordered to pay £4,936.88 costs.

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BIG appoints Bennett

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neil bennett

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) has appointed Neil Bennett as commercial director and will be responsible for streamlining the integration and management of BIG’s assets, including those recently acquired from the Green Investment Group.efits from economies of scale.

 In the past year, BIG has doubled the size of its team and increased its portfolio from 45MW to 125MW.

With a further 200MW in the pipeline, BIG is on course to divert over one million tonnes of waste from landfill and generate enough electricity for half a million homes.

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